by John P. Barker
While this picture is not really representative of a real hybrid creature, there are plenty of oddities out there. I mean, come on... a Rhinocochicken? But check this out...
by Laurie Kay Olson
British heraldry has a long tradition of using animals in its imagery. On the grounds of Queen Elizabeth II's favorite residence, Windsor Castle, is St. George's Chapel, and on the roof of the chapel are 76 heraldic statues representing the Queen's (or King's) Beasts. The original statues dated back to the 16th century but were removed in 1682. They were finally restored in 1925.
by Lady Bee
The dogs couldn't wait, the cats couldn't wait, even the cows couldn't wait for Halloween; they just had to don their Pope costumes right away, even though it's only September. Nice tributes to the Pope, I think. But in other news... Baby panda gets a name and pandas get rich at the National Zoo; crash test on pet crates shared; science discovers why bats stay so healthy, but can make humans so very sick; dogs who like tennis balls can now take selfies (Well, sort of.); and more!
by Kitty Devine
Keeping a small child happy and engaged while the adults are trying to eat and have a decent conversation can be tricky. That is one reason that family restaurants have placemats for coloring. You can have the same thing at home with a Counting Animals Coloring Placemat or a Circus Coloring Placemat.
by Serena Dorman
The toddler years are some of the most exciting, trying, and humbling experiences a parent will ever go through. If you've reached your limit, here are some pictures of animal parents dealing with their toddlers so you don't feel alone. No matter what species, we all deal with the terrible twos (and threes, and fours, and eighteens). I see you, moms and dads with a tantrum throwing tot, and this one is for you.
by Ron Callari
It was a heart-breaking story for the world to learn of the Smithsonian National Zoo’s panda-in-resident giving birth to twins cubs (August 22), only to have one die days later. Pandas are famously challenged to breed in captivity and the twin birth presented an even greater hurdle for 17-year old Mei Xiang, the mother. More shocking was the fact that this female was inseminated by two male pandas.
by Laurie Kay Olson
When you live in an area that is full of wildlife you have to get used to the idea that other animals will try to get in through the cat door. They do this to hunt for food or a comfy place to snooze. One man in Schweitzer Mountain, Idaho found recently that this is not limited to animals that can actually fit through the cat door -- like a black bear.